LeftieBiker wrote: EVDRIVER wrote:
Regurgitated FUD. "Quietly deletes" What a joke of a headline, as if companies announce ever website update. I can't believe how pathetic blog titles are. So now Tesla is never making a lower priced EV because they changed their webpage "quietly" I have never seen a more pathetic attempt to influence stock prices as I have with Tesla.
Have they discontinued the SR Model 3, or not? That's what matters.
Even that doesn't really
matter. What really matters
(to me, and others) is whether or not Tesla continues on its path to achieve affordable, mass market sustainable transportation, or do they decide to just become another luxury automaker and be content with high profit margin vehicles sold in relatively low volume.
What really matters
to shareholders is simply whether or not Tesla achieves profits to justify its market cap/stock price.
While either of those may imply a $35,000, 220 mile range vehicle without premium options, neither actually requires it.
And a particular schedule is not required either. If Tesla can't keep up with demand for its more expensive models as it is (and I realize there is significant debate about whether or not that is the case), then it should be acceptable to both groups to roll profits from those vehicles into additional capacity and cost improvements to eventually allow them to cross the "affordable" barrier (which was somewhat arbitrarily set at $35,000 in 2016, although that's actually a pretty fair number.
I personally don't think there is any doubt that Tesla will eventually get there. The economics of EVs themselves will make this happen. It may not happen on whatever schedule Elon says (he rarely gets the timing right) . And I don't think the mission of Tesla to transform the industry to sustainable transport has wavered at all.
At the end of the day, complaining about the fact that the $35,000 Tesla is not yet available is usually nothing more than an attempt to discredit Tesla. Yes, there are people that are legitimately waiting for that price point to jump into the EV market. Well guess what...it's simply not economical yet, but we are getting there, and will get there. You'll just have to settle for a slightly lesser vehicle for the time being. Hey, I think the Hyundai Kona EV could be an amazing vehicle if they commit to making enough of them.